Collaborative procurement on construction for universities in the north east of England has been made easier with a £750m framework agreement, the first of its scale in the UK. Greg Barnes, who worked on the agreement for the North Eastern Universities Procurement Consortium (NEUPC), describes its benefits and lessons learned while putting it together.
With universities spending billions on estates, the relationship between estates and procurement services is key. Three members of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium have described how their institutions are building closer relationships between these two departments, which are delivering savings and better value for money.
Universities should already be thinking about how to accommodate the student who will arrive at their campus in 20 years time, a former US policy adviser tells the Guardian. In an interview for the Higher Education network, Karen Gross warns that planning for the future is like chess, "If you don't think five moves ahead, you’re behind."
Universities dream of the blockbusting discovery that will print their name in the history books. In 2013, that day arrived for the University of Leicester when it discovered and identified the body of the mythical Richard III. Ather Mirza reflects on how the spine-tingling discovery was revealed to the world through a sophisticated plan of media engagement.
More applications are emerging for blockchain - a formerly obscure technology that underpins the digital currency Bitcoin. Nick Petford, chair of the Procurement UK forum and vice chancellor of the University of Northampton, is excited about its potential for procurement.
Single sign-on access has made logging in to multiple academic resource sites much easier and more secure. Mark Williams toasts 10 years of safer researching.
A priority for Imperial College London is to generate the required margin for sustainability - approximately £100m a year. It aims to do this by maintaining a flat base in staffing costs, growing core areas of research income and nurturing a culture of equipment sharing.
Loughborough University’s change team reviewed processes relating to the recruitment and payment of part-time university teachers on an hourly rate. The information needed for the university HR systems is now gathered once from the university teacher to be used in multiple places with claims are now online rather than on paper.
Project to pilot a hybrid cloud, shared service and in-house model for providing repository-focused services to researchers across partner institutions.